Transatlantic rowing champ set to inspire winning team tactics

Next month, members of the HR Directors Club in the Midlands will be able to meet and greet Olympic champion and transatlantic rower James Cracknell. He will be the speaker at our next regional briefing at Le Petit Blanc in Birmingham on 14 November.

Recovered and refreshed from his race across the Atlantic in a rowing boat earlier this year – with TV presenter Ben Fogle – Cracknell will give an inspirational talk on teamwork and motivation. This will take place during a buffet breakfast served by top chefs in Raymond Blanc’s stylish restaurant.

The HR Directors Club will also host another key event in the run-up to Christmas:

Members’ Christmas Party: For the first time, HR Directors Club will be holding a Christmas party for our members at the Magic Circle Headquarters in London on 7 December. Have fun and network at the same time in this unique and relaxed environment.

New recruits

The latest members to join the HR Directors Club include:

  • HR director, Capita Group
  • HR director, Morrison Facilities Services
  • Regional director of human resources, Hyatt Regency Birmingham

HR Directors Club is sponsored by Arinso, GMAC Global Relocation Services, Hammonds and XpertHR

For more details or to register for these events, go to

The HR Directors Club entitles members to many discounts on products and services, including money off tailoring, language training, Institute of Directors membership, books and conferences.

The levels of membership are as follows:

  • Full: free for HR directors in organisations of 1,000+ employees
  • Associate: free for finance directors and CEOs in the above organisations
  • Affiliate: for aspiring HR directors and HRDs in smaller organisations
  • Interim: free six-month membership for interims.


Every month, the HR Directors Club runs a poll of its members. Here’s a snapshot of the latest responses to some of the most topical issues affecting the world of HR.

Do you think the HR function is valued in your organisation? 28% No 72% Yes

Can the gender pay gap be closed without union involvement? 12% No 88% Yes

Do you support the tax breaks for carers campaign? 10% No 90% Yes

Answer our latest question: Is HR losing touch with employees in a bid to become more strategic? at


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